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Utah State Aggies, BYU Cougars receive votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 5:07 p.m. MDT

USU head coach Matt Wells during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan (, Tom Smart, Deseret News) USU head coach Matt Wells during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan (, Tom Smart, Deseret News)

The results of the first nationwide college football poll have been released, and according to voters, the Utah State Aggies are just barely the best football team in the state of Utah.

In the first edition of the USA Today Coaches' Poll, USU came in at 35th, receiving 23 points in the poll, and the BYU Cougars came in right behind them at 36th, receiving 20 points in the poll.

Meanwhile, Alabama resumed its reign atop the poll, looking to defend its two consecutive BCS national championships. Alabama has won the national title three of the last four years, and the last four BCS National Championships have been won by a team from Alabama; the only interruption in the Crimson Tide's roll came in 2010 when Auburn won the title.

Pollsters heavily favored teams from the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12. Six teams from the Southeastern Conference were ranked in the poll, all at 13 or above. Both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 have five teams each in the preseason poll.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall as the BYU football team practices  Monday, March 18, 2013, in Provo.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall as the BYU football team practices Monday, March 18, 2013, in Provo. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Pollsters ranked Oregon the best team in the Pac-12 at No. 3, but Stanford was ranked right behind the Ducks at No. 4. UCLA, USC and Oregon State are the other three teams in the top 25, coming in at 21, 24 and 25, respectively.

The only team from the Mountain West in the Top 25 was Boise State, ranked at No. 19 nationally. Fresno State came in at 31st, and San Jose State came in at 41st.

Landon Hemsley is the sports web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@deseretnews.com. Twitter.com/EarlOfHemsley

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